links for 2009-06-23

  • "America under construction"
  • "Arguments transcribed from various Facebook polls; a work in progress"
  • "The common thread is technology. Communication tools used by activists in repressive environments can also be used by humanitarian organizations responding to unfolding crises, and vice versa. Mapping tools developed for crisis mapping can also be used by digital activists to coordinate nonviolent action. In short, if a piece of technology works in a humanitarian crisis setting or repressive context, the technology will work anywhere.

    The normative motivation behind this blog is based on the recognition by 'many scholars and practitioners that the techniques associated with strategic nonviolent social movements are greatly enhanced by access to modern information communication technologies, such as mobile telephony, short message service (SMS), email and the World Wide Web, among others' (Walker 2007)."

  • "In order to remain on the offensive against repressive regimes, nonviolent civil resistance movements need to ensure they are up to speed on digital security, if only for defense purposes. Indeed, I am particularly struck by the number of political activists in repressive regimes who aren’t aware of the serious risks they take when they use their mobile phones or the Internet to communicate with other activists."
  • "Never drink the zavarka undiluted. It has a strong narcotic effect, causing intense heartbeat, hallucinations and restlessness. This effect has been widely used by captives in Russian prisons and forced labor camps, since tea has always been included into the rations of the prisoners. The name of tea-based narcotics in the Russian criminal slang is "chephyr". If you introduce Russian tea-drinking into some non-Russian company, don't forget to label the zavarka pot! Otherwise, ignorant people might drink its content, and die of a heart attack as a consequence. You, in turn, may face lawsuits or vendetta depending on the culture you live in."